While the libraries are closed, there are tons of free, digital library resources you can access with your library card. Our library director outlines them in this letter and a few are listed below:
- Borrow and read digital books
- Listen to audiobooks
- Stream movies and TV with Hoopla or Kanopy
- Take a class with Gale Courses or Universal Class
- Learn a language with Pronounciator
- Get help with schoolwork
- And so much more!
For all available online resources, or for how to get started guides, click here. Don't have a library card? Click here to get one. Has your library card expired? Click here to get it fixed. If you're wondering what your PIN is, it's the last 4 digits of your phone number.
We regret the need but in our efforts to help "flatten the curve" we are going to temporarily suspend our opening of the Friends of the Hayward Library Bookstore.
Do something good for your community while you shop! If you join Amazon Smile and show at smile.amazon.com then a small donation from each purchase will benefit the Friends of the Hayward Library. It's a win/win!
The Heritage Park and Plaza has been closed for more than a year as the entire park is being redesigned and rebuilt. That process is almost done and the park is tentatively scheduled to reopen this spring.
Gone is the old library. In it's place will be a new main plaza perfect for hosting events. There will be a stage, a grassy amphitheater, and shady areas provided by heritage trees. There will be a walking path around the edge of the park featuring historical and culture monuments and artwork.
Once the park opens, the City plans to move many events like the farmer's market to the plaza. Heritage Plaza will be a centerpiece of the City's downtown revitalization efforts and a wonderful companion to the new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center.
Hayward residents have been enjoying their new, state-of-the-art library since its opening in September. With public meeting rooms, a coffee shop, computer labs, and more the library is an amazing new public space. Full of art and with fun things to discover, it's worth a visit.
Want to learn more about the "green" features in this LEED Platinum building, the art, or the ideas behind the building design? Then join Hayward City Council Member Al Mendall or one of the Library Commission volunteers for a tour. Tours are available the first Saturday of every month. The next tours are January 4th at 1:30 pm (English) and 2:15 pm (English & Hindi). Both tours meet at the top of the stairs on the third floor - no sign up necessary. For any group that would like a personal tour, please contact us and we will make arrangements.
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New Library Opening Anticipated By Late June
After a brief work stoppage, construction is back on track and nearing completion on the Hayward new main library—with the building anticipated to open to the public for regular operations before summer.
Once finished, the new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center at 888 C Street will be one of the largest net-zero energy public buildings in the country, and offer users an expansive collection of reading, audio and visual materials, dozens of new computers, a new digital media lab and a new makerspace featuring 3D printers and robotics, and a homework support center for students.
The three-story, 58,000-square foot building will set a new standard in environmental sustainability. In addition to being 100-percent energy self-sufficient and carbon-free, it will conserve drinking water by capturing, filtering and storing rainwater for non-potable uses such as flushing toilets and irrigation. Its interior of clean, contemporary lines and open floor plans are adorned with creations of local and Bay Area artists, and contain multiple community meeting rooms and a café, promising to become a new cultural, educational and civic hub in the heart of downtown.Read more
"When we set out to design a groundbreaking new library for Hayward, our goal was to create a dynamic new facility that would be the right size, the right scope, and the right cost for Hayward.
"Good stewardship of public resources was always foremost in our minds. So, while Hayward’s 21st Century Library has many truly innovative features, we were careful to keep the overall project cost below the average project cost of other library construction projects completed in California in the past five years.
"Thanks to Hayward voters who in 2014 approved a ½ cent sales tax for the construction, Hayward now has the basic funding needed to build this groundbreaking project. But any truly great civic initiative needs support from all sectors of the community—from private funds as well as public—especially, individuals, foundations, businesses, civic organizations and other community groups."
This capacity diagram shows the size of Heritage Plaza. It is equal to the size of San Francisco’s Union Square. Heritage Plaza’s two main plaza areas - one in the center oval, and one along the C Street hardscape - have a total capacity for up to 4,000 event attendees
|This image from the November 18, 2014 design presentation shows a schematic view and estimated event capacity of the Heritage Plaza. (Click to enlarge)
To get a sense of the scale, check out the the little red rectangles inside the center oval. Those represent 20′ long food trucks. The little red squares at the top of the oval represent 10′ by 10′ farmer’s market tents.
Heritage Plaza dates back to Hayward’s founding days in the mid-1800’s. The site was part of the homestead of Hayward’s first landowner and rancher, Don Guillermo Castro. When Castro subdivided and sold his land holdings in 1864, he dedicated one full city block to the people of Hayward for use as a public plaza in perpetuity.Read more
The 21st Century Library construction is progressing nicely. Expect to see robust construction activity continue for the next several months. Here are the latest developments:
- During construction, the safety of pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and construction workers is our #1 priority. Please use caution and observe all signs when walking, bicycling, or driving in the area.
- The reinforced concrete foundation and supporting walls are nearly complete. Construction of the steel framing has begun and is expected to be complete in early November. This work includes installing the steel decking support material and working on the concrete deck slabs. That effort will help provide a more weatherproof work area before the rainy season. After the steel framing is complete, the installation of pipes and ducts will commence.
- The projected opening of the new library is January 2018. There is a good possibility that the project will be completed early depending on weather conditions and other factors.